Annie has had the privilege of feeling safe and looked after thanks to her annual wellness exam, which includes the life saving Pap test, and she fears a future where that safety is stripped away because of legislative changes to women’s healthcare.

“There are proposed policy guidelines that would recommend that the Pap smear, the life-saving, pre-cancer screening test, should no longer be a part of many women’s annual gynecological exams.

As women we need to protect our own bodies and have this as a choice for us to decide not anyone else, cancer is still cancer. Regardless of how drastically this number has changed, it does not disregard the fact that you can still get it. I come from a family that has a history of cancer and the fact that this could no longer be a part of my health screening truly terrifies me. I’ve always felt safe and assured about my own health due to the fact that I can get this type of health screening and more so that it’s available for me to get checked for it.

All women need and should have access to this screening and tests, the number truly dropped but it did not disappear, you or someone you know could be affected by this type of cancer, so don’t disregard it! Save a life and save yourself!”

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#AD Womanhood has faced many obstacles throughout life that include health, equality, and many more to mention and add. When it comes to our health and bodies there’s always someone else’s decision that seem to come first besides our own or at least that’s how it feels sometimes. We can never be assured that decisions about our health will be ours to consider, to advocate for, and to make and that has to change. There are proposed guidelines that would recommend that the Pap smear, the life-saving, pre-cancer screening test, should no longer be a part of many women’s annual gynecological exams. We can’t have this. Before Pap screenings, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women. Now, it’s #14. A drastic difference. It’s clear that ALL women need access to this test that has been saving our lives for years. As women we need to protect our own bodies and have this as a choice for us to decide not anyone else, cancer is still cancer. Regardless of how drastically this number has changed, it does not disregard the fact that you can still get it. I come from a family that has a history of cancer and the fact that this could no longer be a part of my health screening truly terrifies me. I’ve always felt safe and assured about my own health due to the fact that I can get this type of health screening and more so that it’s available for me to get checked for it. All women need and should have access to this screening and tests, the number truly dropped but it did not disappear, you or someone you know could be affected by this type of cancer, so don’t disregard it! Save a life and save yourself! Check out @protectthepap and protectthepap.com to learn more about healthcare issues related to us women! . . #protectthepap #sponsored

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